In what may wind up being one of the most egregious examples of irony ever seen on Fox News, host Sean Hannity alleged that MSNBC is “state run TV” because they aired an in-depth interview with Lev Parnas, one of the key figures in the Ukraine bribery scandal which has led to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Keep in mind that Fox is often referred to as “Trump TV” due to its slavish, servile coverage of the Trump administration, and yet Hannity thinks it’s absolutely outrageous that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow would interview Parnas, even creating his own conspiracy theory for why Parnas is speaking out:
“Yesterday, last-ditch effort, Hail Mary, smear job, yup the congenital liar attached new documents to the articles of impeachment. Including so-called evidence from a former Giuliani contact.”
Hannity then tried to do a jiu jitsu move and accuse a rival network of the very things he does on a nightly basis in the loyal service of Trump:
“Oh by the way on conspiracy TV. The guy is facing federal charges from the Southern District of New York. You don’t really want to mess with those people. Campaign finance violations, whole bunch of other stuff. So he goes right to state-run MSDNC conspiracy channel media.”
But that’s not all Hannity had to say. He also tried to make it sound like Parnas is only speaking out in order to save his own hide. While that may be true, it’s a common practice by criminal defendants, and Parnas also has extensive documentation which supports his allegations against Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr:
“Keep in mind when people like him, trying to stay out of jail, think about this, how many times have we heard from the liberals ‘oh you can’t waterboard, or use enhanced interrogation because people will say anything, they’ll lie to make it end.’ Well people trying to stay out of jail, in my humble opinion, they’ll say anything.”
Sean sounds worried. And he should be. Lev Parnas may wind up being a modern-day John Dean, who blew the whistle on the illegal actions of Richard Nixon that led to his resignation in 1974.
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